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Social Consumerism and Politics in Houston and Galveston’s Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Friday, February 21, 2014

There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – do we deem the company in question to be socially responsible? (However we may define that term).

On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll explore whether we Houstonians base decisions about where we shop and what we buy based on social consciousness. Do we vote with our checkbooks? And if we do, do we see it as a better way to reinforce our political views than to engage in actual politics? We’ll welcome your thoughts, and examples of any moral reasons you do or don’t shop certain places.

Also this hour: from Houston growing not quite so fast, to a local church voting over its future, to a candidate for district attorney calling domestic violence “overrated,” we discuss “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” in Houston news with our rotating panel of “non-experts.”

And: we’ll talk about Mardi Gras. No, not THAT Mardi Gras. While New Orleans residents lay claim to THE Mardi Gras, the one first publicly observed on Galveston Island dates back to 1867, and today is the 3rd-largest celebration of its kind in the country.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer...

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